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Working in a Post-Katrina Animal Shelter
Specific Topic Animal Trivia
"This quiz is based on my stint in a temporary animal shelter in Slidell, Louisiana during November of 2005. The questions are purposefully easy to answer. Those more knowledgeable than I are welcome to send corrections. For more info, send me a note."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
In what manner was the Katrina disaster different from most other U.S. disasters, as far as animal companions go?
most people were able to locate lost pets within days
people were separated from lost pets for longer than usual
almost everyone took their pets with them when they evacuated
most pets sensed the hurricane coming and escaped before it hit
Why can't out-of-state vets practice at animal shelters in Louisiana, even during a disaster?
because they aren't licensed to practice in Louisiana
because this would take business away from in-state vets
because people in Louisiana do not care about animals
because officials are afraid that out-of-state vets may spread animal diseases
How does a dog get heartworm in Louisiana?
from other infected dogs
from a mosquito bite
from rabid squirrels
from infected cats
When cleaning a cat's cage in a shelter, why might a volunteer place a sheet of white paper over a layer of newspaper?
this makes it easier to spot diarrhea, vomit, and other indications of illness
if visitors come to the shelter, white paper looks prettier and more elegant
cats like the feeling of white paper better than the feeling of newspaper
most cats are allergic to the ink in newspaper
Why might shelter workers place plastic bottles of frozen water in animal cages?
to cure animals' aches and pains
to cool the animals down during the hottest part of the day
this is a favorite toy among cats, especially
to distract vicious animals while workers clean their cages
If some cats in a crowded shelter have upper respiratory problems, and isolating them is not possible, where should workers place them?
in the lowest tier of cages
in the top tier of cages
in the middle tier of cages
workers should let such cats run free
Which are the most appropriate names for kittens adopted from a Louisiana emergency shelter in the fall of 2005?
Katrina and Beausoleil
Romeo and Juliet
Chandler and Monica
Ricky and Lucy
Why is paperwork (such as numbering each animal) so important in an emergency animal shelter?
states require such paperwork, even though it is not actually very important
actually, it isn't important--only animal care is important
to keep track of each animal, give it the proper meds, and find it if it is claimed
volunteers receive "brownie points" for each animal they work with
Why might working in an emergency animal shelter be a happy, rewarding experience?
it can give you an adrenaline rush that makes you feel happy
you can SEE the difference that you make to animals' comfort
you meet some wonderful people--both locals and volunteers
all of these are true
If a cat scratches your finger and your finger swells up so that you can't bend it, what should you do?
never mind--it'll go away
soak it in lemon juice and see a doctor for antibiotics
have the animal destroyed--it is rabid
take Mylanta or a similar medication twice a day
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Compiled May 24 13